image_goneAccording to a report in yesterday’s Observer, Maurice Crum will be coming back for a 5th year at least as far as Maurice Crum Sr. knows.
Maurice Crum Sr. said Wednesday that his son, Notre Dame’s senior middle linebacker, will return to Notre Dame for a fifth year.
Maurice Crum Jr., a defensive captain, and Notre Dame’s other true seniors met with Irish coach Charlie Weis Sunday to discuss their futures.
On Monday, Weis said he received good news from the seniors with whom he discussed possible fifth years, but Weis did not disclose details.
I’ve said for a while that Crum is not the prototypical inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but I love the fact that he’s coming back. The UCLA game showed us what kind of playmaker this kid can be when this defense works as it should. With a little more depth and bulk along the defensive line next year, Crum will be free to make more plays.
Having Crum back will also help the leadership of next year’s team as Crum will be returning for a 4th season as a starting linebacker for the Irish. His numbers might be off a little bit this year because it took some adjusting of the scheme to free up Crum, but he’s come on late and was sorely missed in the Boston College game when the Eagles attacked the Irish in his absence by utilizing their tight end.